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Merely Christmas | Christ’s Mass

It’s Merely Christmas time again. It’s a time to get a day or more off of work. A time to overeat, overspend, and lounge around……

OK, what seems to be lost among all the Christmas ‘tradition’ is the actual Tradition of Christ’s Mass. Maybe I’m being too much of a scrooge, but I find a lot of the Christ’s Mass celebration to be hypocritical.

A lot of the very people who bash Christian values are all to quick to take advantage of the ‘holiday’ break. Again, they fail to realize that holiday is just a bastardization of saying ‘Holy Day’. Or maybe they are being disingenuous and know full well what they do. The more commercialism in Christmas, the less Christ there will be……clever.

However, worse than the people just mentioned above, are the actual Christians who claim to profess belief in God, yet only care to trivialize His importance. Too many of us Christians seem to misplace the significance of honoring the birth of Christ.

As these things run through my mind, I did what any normal person would do…..I wrote a poem. I think it’s the first one posted on this site, so I hope you enjoy (if you don’t, I was sleep deprived). Here is…

Merely Christmas

Merely Christmas, it’s here yet again.
One more excuse to get off of work.
Nights in the clubs, lookin’ at that ten
Out late, like Miley, check out her twerk.

No Midnight Mass this year though,
it’s far too tiring for me.
But to the couch, we will go,
instead, brainwashed by TV

Nevermind the Christians in the Middle East,
whom upon many bullets are fired.
For celebrating their Christ the King, a feast,
persecution they are perpetually mired.

But for me, look at all my gifts
This is what Christmas is all about
Navigating through all the family rifts,
and trying this year’s winter stout.

I know the reason for the season.
No, it’s not at all lost upon me.
It’s not like I’m committing treason,
but hey, check out my decorated tree!

The kids anticipate that special present,
we will overspend on playstation and ipad
For we live like royalty, im not a peasant,
and with the latest gadget, I’ll never be sad

Ah, the most wonderful time of the year.
I, of course, am referring to football.
Without it there would be less cheer.
c’mon ref, what’s up with that call?

Another Merely Christmas comes to an end,
It seems to have passed a little too fast.
But I was fulfilled I do contend,
even though my spirit was again left aghast.


The REAL Reason for the Season

In case the poem didn’t quite cut it for your Christ’s Mass Day, then we will finish with the Gospel. From the Book of Luke, this is the REAL reason for the season.


Merely Christmas | Christ's MassIn those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.


May you not have a merely Christmas, but a fulfilling time with your family in honor of Christ’s Mass.



Bitcoin Black Friday + TradeSmartU = $$$

Black Friday has blown into an international event, but before that, hopefully all of my American friends had a great Thanksgiving Day 2013. Whatever the reason, any time that we get to spend with family, should be cherished. Reality is that you never know when one’s health will wane, or when one’s life will end. Another reality is that a few of you had to work on Thanksgiving Day, and it’s follow-up of Black Friday. So instead of ignoring this reality, let’s take it at another angle.

No matter which country you currently reside, there is a way to be outside the system, spend more time with the family, AND participate in Black Friday…..and that is BITCOIN BLACK FRIDAY!

Bitcoin Black Friday + TradeSmartU = $$$


BITCOIN is a DECENTRALIZED, non-intrinsic, finite, crypto-currency.

  • Decentralized – no central bank controls it (like a Federal Reserve).
  • Non-intrinsic – you can not phsyically hold an actual bitcoin.
  • Finite – there are only so many in existence, with total amount eventually reaching 21 million bitcoins
  • Crypto-currency – it’s based on an algorithm with with mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering.

Recently, the US dollar value of 1 Bitcoin (BTC) multiplied by 6 times in November 2013! This due to an increase in demand, speculation, and an increase of merchants. Some of these merchants organized to have their own (2nd annual) Bitcoin Black Friday.

Bitcoin Black Friday

With Bitcoin Black Friday, you can avoid the insane, materialistic droves, yet still find a few deals for yourself. There is something wrong with people that will fight and kill over a TV or a doll. But there is nothing wrong with looking to save a few bucks for your family, whether those be priced in paper or bits.

If you have Bitcoins, check out the vendors participating in Bitcoin Black Friday. If you don’t, I encourage you to at least learn about Bitcoins. One place to start is the wiki page HERE….below are a few others.

(also, check out another boat at Litecoin)

chart | Bitcoin Black Friday + TradeSmartU = $$$

BTC + TSU = $$$

The story of bitcoin is unprecedented in it’s possible global impact. But just imagine the 600% ROI in under a month. Then what if you could make that into a 1,200% or 2,000% ROI in a month? What if you could duplicate that success month after month? There MAY be a way.

BEFORE CONTINUING… I want to point out that you should NEVER play with more than you are willing to lose. Day Trading, especially Bitcoins, is risky and NOT for everyone. Personally, I believe an ideal setup would be to have an allotment of Bitcoins for saving, and another for trading. This can be similar to holding physical silver, yet trading options on its short term swings……

Instead of holding bitcoins through the tops and bottoms in the overall uptrend, what if you could tell with a certain probability WHEN the tops an bottoms would occur? What if there were indicators you could look for to determine these violent swings throughout a day? I would like to point out that my friends at TradeSmartU are having their own Black Friday Extravaganza.

Through Monday December 2nd, TSU is selling any 1 product at 10% off, any 2 products at 20% off, AND any 3 or more products at 30% off! These products present a responsible way to trade stocks and options in way mindful of risk mitigation. Using their course for something more risky, like trading BTC, is entirely up to the individual.

To view the free webinars and see just what each product offers, please visit the link below.

The classes and their pricing can be found HEREThe discounts apply at checkout.

By using a responsible system for regular stock chart analysis, could there be a way to combine Bitcoin and info from TradeSmartU to maximize your profit on this environment? It’s up to you to decide.


Closing Bell

bitcoin qr | Bitcoin Black Friday + TradeSmartU = $$$Standing on their own, Bitcoin and TradeSmartU can each be life changing tools for you. Remember that nothing is guaranteed, and hard work will be required. But at least familiarize yourself with these tools in this holiday season, especially ahead of Crash 2013.

Take advantage of Bitcoin Black Friday and the TSU Extravaganza….and enjoy the time with your family.

With God’s Will



Gold Consolidation Continues | November 2013

On my previous Gold Update Video, I had stated there are Resistance areas to watch for, should Gold create a new uptrend. The first being mid $1300s (Appx $1355-1360 area) and I clearly stated that this trendline is very important because it made up the downward channel that preceded the Crash in Gold. It just so happens that Gold tried to test this trendline, spiked to it, and ultimately failed. This broke any prospects of Gold creating a new uptrend.

When I created the current Gold Consolidation update, there was a mixture of bullish and bearish gold consolidation patterns. Experienced traders usually do not trade such Gold consolidation patterns, nor guess which way something will break out (as this is a gambler’s mentality). It’s best to wait and trade the breakout (an exception to this would be to employ some advanced Options strategies).

One week after releasing this video update, Gold experienced some selling-pressure. However, it is still within a trendline that could very well be the “Neckline” of the Head & Shoulders Pattern (though it’s not a textbook pattern). I argue in the video when the Neckline is at an angle rather than being straight.

Expect an Even larger Gold Consolidation Soon

If I was to guess, I think Gold will break the neckline, re-test the lows $1179/1200, and form a larger Gold Consolidation pattern. This larger Gold consolidation, if it forms, will basically determine whether Gold finally breaks out of this downtrend, or continues towards high $900 – $1000 levels. This will be something I will be discussing next month. So I cannot stress the importance of Gold’s price action in the coming two months.

Gold Consolidation Continues | November 2013

My overall sentiment on Gold continues to be bearish (especially with how US Dollar/Japanese Yen is acting), and I feel the very short-term price action will be choppy, mostly within the price range of $1200-$1300 for the weeks to come. Again, be on the lookout for a larger gold consolidation pattern followed by a large breakout. We will know when the next breakout is soon, because most often, Gold likes to “Squeeze” before it makes a harsh move. I will certainly be updating you all about this within the next two months.

Hope it helps


Reinvent Yourself | Bleeding Through the Chapters w/ Brandan Schieppati

Each one of our lives can be written down to become a unique book. Along the way, we all experience changes to our physical, spiritual, and mental being. With each passing chapter in YOUR book, you endure trials, successes, failures, and ultimately need to reinvent yourself. Times change and pages turn. Sometimes the page is savored, other times we can’t turn it quick enough.

europe | Reinvent Yourself | Bleeding Through the Chapters w/ Brandan Schieppati

Final European show

One final page currently being savored is of the chapter for the band Bleeding Through. Bleeding Through is a ‘hybrid’ hardcore band out of Orange County, California, and they have experienced all of the swings mentioned above. Their music has provided a life-saving outlet for many, especially for the bands own members. Yet through this enrichment, Bleeding Through itself was often on life support. Enduring the lack of money, line-up changes, and label issues, etc were just a few of the obstacles. Now, as the band calls it quits after 14 years, what can we learn from their ability to embrace the closing of their chapter?

Reinvent Yourself

To experience a fulfilling life, the ability to adapt and reinvent yourself is significant. We must also recognize and understand that the timing of these reinventions is indiscriminate. You may need to reinvent yourself at age 15, 25, 45, or even 95.

savage | Reinvent Yourself | Bleeding Through the Chapters w/ Brandan SchieppatiWhat if you are a 55 year old out of work male? Reinvent yourself. I like to point to Michael Savage. Michael has been mentioned on this site before (in the 12 resources for 2012) and hosts the Savage Nation Radio Show. He held numerous jobs throughout his life and claims to be a victim of political correctness. Being denied work as a professor due to ‘over’ qualification and diversity, he had to reinvent himself yet again. At the ripe age of 55, he sent a demo tape around to numerous radio stations hoping one would invite him on. The result? 16 years later, he is now slated to take over the coveted, nationally syndicated, 3PM EST slot in January 2014. What if he quit at age 55? Keep his story in mind next time you think you are too old to learn something new.

What if you are a stay-at-home mother whose life is rocked by divorce? Reinvent yourself. Where would the family end up if she quit? It is not easy, but to live on with anything less than ‘all she’s got,’ will spell trouble for the family.

Personally, I can look back at my life and point out times of reinvention. When my father was no longer a part of life at age 13, I had to fast track maturity to try and become the male figure in the household of girls. In high school, I transitioned into a full time landscaper and invested all of my savings into my landscaping company. While playing junior hockey, I had to reinvent myself from a stay-at-home defenseman, into a 4th line grinder forward, to stay on the team. A few years later, I became a general contractor in Washington, D.C. As of now, I have spent a quarter of my life in D.C. using the labor of my hands to transform the Atlas District at H St. NE (in spite of petty bureaucrats). Now, it’s time for another chapter as I am learning to trade the stock market and keep a pulse on geopolitical trends. This will also help me research where to plant my next flag. Where would I be now and in the future if I would stay content at any one chapter of my own life.

Reinvent yourself.


Bleeding Through

declaration | Reinvent Yourself | Bleeding Through the Chapters w/ Brandan SchieppatiThe members of Bleeding Through are experiencing their own reinvention. Some are moving on with family life and other careers, Brandan is looking to build and expand his workout gym empire.

Looking forward, this is not really a sad time. It’s more of a time of closure and reflection. In this case, it’s awesome to be able to look back on the pages of the past, contemplate, and learn from them. I can still play the album Declaration and remember things I was going through at the time. Or a song can trigger the memory of a certain number of reps I blasted through during past workouts.

There is no doubt that the necessity to reinvent yourself will arise at times in your life. Keep yourself in a position to view these transformations as an opportunity. For Bleeding Through, they are using the farewell tour for reflection and closure for their fans. This allows them to go out properly and close the chapter with no ill feelings. Now, focus can be turned towards the next chapter for all involved.

schieppati | Reinvent Yourself | Bleeding Through the Chapters w/ Brandan SchieppatiFor Brandan Schieppati, he is ready to focus 100% on his fitness business. Check out his site for ebooks, info, or just to contact him for your fitness needs. In addition to his site, he is also working to build and expand his Rise Above Fitness gym.

Without the ability and willingness to accept the situation, Brandan and Bleeding Through may not have been able to give 100% of themselves to their future endeavors.


Giving 100%

In the video, Brandan talks about giving 100% of oneself in whatever we do, and don’t ride the fence. Not giving 100%,  is an injustice for all involved. When looking to reinvent yourself, do it with all your heart and go for it. Without total commitment, we just end up selling out.

This idea is not revolutionary, but it is even repeated in Biblical text. In Revelation (3:15-16), John writes to the angel of the church in Laodicea, that which is  revealed to him.

“I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

These are harsh words directed at people who are on the fence. The Laodiceans thought they had what they needed, and were spiritual enough. But if we commit to anything just enough, we can be sure that it is not enough at all. In the case of the Laodiceans, God viewed nonbelievers with LESS contempt, than he did those who professed faith, yet did not live it. I wonder how He views humanity today?

These words teach a lesson for both the atheist and the Christian. Whether it’s a job, a relationship, a hobby, or even one’s faith…..if you are not able to give it your all, it’s time to reinvent yourself. To reinvent yourself does not necessarily mean you change the job, relationship, or faith. Sometimes it will, for sure. But other times it may just be us bettering ourselves to commit fully. Each instance must be decided by the individual on a case by case basis.

All and all, the above section is why the OPPOSITE of LOVE is not hate, but INDIFFERENCE.


Your Book

Stepping back for a moment to look at your own book. Are there pages of the past which you turned too early? Is a part of you still stuck in a certain chapter, thus preventing you from giving 100% now? Learn to not dwell on the pages of the past, but contemplate and learn from them. It may be necessary to now attempt closure, for something of the past. If it will help you to move on, so be it. Attack the pages of the future with enthusiasm and give 100% of yourself in everything you do.

After this writing, I’ll include James Altucher’s ‘little’ cheat sheet to reinvent yourself.

Don’t fear the necessity to reinvent yourself. Instead, embrace it and use the opportunity to make the best transformation possible. Bleeding Through is moving on to a new chapter in their story. How will you embrace writing YOUR next chapter?

With God’s Will


Veteran’s Day Hypocrisy | Sorry and Sad, not Happy

Most conventional November 11th posts offer up a lame ‘happy’ and ‘thanks,’ but we’re going a different route. Part of this is because a web page doesn’t really do veterans all that much justice. But most of this is because we need to honestly call out all of the lip service and Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.

Those in government will no doubt pay the veterans ‘respect’ and hold nominal ceremonies on Monday. Yet, it was just a few weeks ago that the ‘Greatest Generation’ of veterans from World War II were locked out off their memorial. By the end of this post, I hope to raise awareness on a few other issues, and not say a hollow “thanks,” but a heartfelt “Sorry” to all the veterans.

Veterans March on Washington of 2013

mounted police then now | Veteran's Day HypocrisyRiot police, Mounted Police, humvee, dozens of police vehicles, helicopter with snipers, spotters/snipers on the White House roof… Sounds like a scene out of a movie, right? Wrong. That is just the response from the government towards a group of it’s military veterans. It wasn’t 1932, but the 2013 Veterans March on Washington also forebodes a dark story. The scenes from both of those years are ones we should remember during all the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.

The Veterans March on Washington (2013) was in response to President Obama’s Department of the Interior order to close the nation’s parks. Upon realizing this specific fallout from the United States Government Shutdown, the House passed a resolution to reopen the National Parks. The Senate, nor President Obama would act on the resolution. Caught in the crossfire were World War II veterans, many of them wheel chair bound and physically unable to jump the ‘Barrycades.’

Reaching the end of their lives, they are embarking on the final opportunity to see the World War II Memorial, and pay respect to their fallen comrades. Honor Flight is the organization that make this all possible. However, with the Department of Interior continually barrycading the memorial, these men were shut out.

So ahead of Honor Flight’s Oct. 13 arrival in Washington, DC, a rally was planned. The 2013 Veterans March on Washington would see the people, many of them veterans, physically remove the Barrycades. This was the only action which allowed the World War II veterans to experience THEIR memorial. Inevitably, some of these Barrycades would end up at the White House, where they were likely conceptualized.

This event really helped illustrate where we are as a nation and further demonstrated Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.

  • Those in power are so petty as to prevent old men from accessing an area that, under normal circumstances, is open 24 hours with unessential staff.
  • The police are instructed to block roadways only for political reasons.
  • Veterans are viewed by the government as a threat.
  • Intimidation and provocation tactics are used on vets.

What about 1932?

Oh right, one of the forgotten episodes in American History. You know, the one where the military was ordered to “Charge!” it’s own veterans. The attacked vets (and joining groups) were known as the Bonus Army. The ‘official’ casualty total was 4 dead and 1,017 injured.

Excerpt taken from Wikipedia:

The Bonus Marchers, believing the troops were marching in their honor, cheered the troops until Patton ordered the cavalry to charge them—an action which prompted the spectators to yell, “Shame! Shame!”

bonus army | Veteran's Day HypocrisyMany people who were stateside during WWI made a higher wage than soldiers on the frontline. So in 1924, the veterans of World War I were finally awarded bonuses to make up for the wages they would have otherwise earned in civilian jobs. The caveat was that the certificates could not be redeemed until 1945. The Bonus Army was formed as the veterans of World War I were desperate to redeem their bonus payment ‘early,’ especially in the face of the Great Depression. And so the Veterans March on Washington of 1932 was the result. Whether or not you sympathize with their plight, the fact remains, the US Army attacked US Veterans. I doubt this episode will be mentioned during the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy.


Veterans Need Not Apply

Rumors of foreign troops on U.S. Soil, those in law enforcement who will break their oath, and then those in the prospective National Civilian Security Force are more examples of Veteran’s Day hypocrisy. These may be in the speculative stage for now, but it’s obvious that each can be used against veterans.

Rumors, Just Rumors

You may see rumors of DHS organizing 15,000 Russian troops for an emergency. We definitely have 15,000 of our own troops at home and abroad who can handle an emergency. There are more than 15,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who could enlist to help in an emergency as well. But a novelist might conclude that such a government would be anticipating an event in which their own military and veterans may not follow orders. I wonder what it means in real life.

chinese | Veteran's Day HypocrisyOr there is that other rumor of the Communist Peoples Republic of China Army being on the ground….. in the U.S.A.! This, of course, is for ‘simulating’ an ’emergency drill.’ The Nov. 12-14 drill will be centered around testing the resiliency of the power grid.

Conspiracy theorists or novelists might think that the Chinese could have spies who would be able to report on the weaknesses ib the United States’ infrastructure. Or others might even think that these troops could have some other nefarious intent.

Is this a good time to bring up President Obama’s purging of the military? Reportedly 197 officers in his 5 years? He isn’t executing them like Stalin, but the impact remains. The latest on the Purge (as of this writing).

But rest assured you fear-mongers, has pointed out that there is no threat.

Just Following Orders | Oathkeeper vs Oathbreaker

execution poles | Veteran's Day HypocrisyAs was seen during the Veterans March on Washington 2013, the line is thin between the oathkeepers and the oathbreakers. Surely many of the law enforcement would have rather spent their Sunday somewhere else. However, ALL of them reported for work and followed orders. They were there to intimidate and provoke the veterans and protesters… my opinion.

If things got too testy, what force would they have been ordered to use? Would they follow the order? How many of them would even use force beyond the order as Gen. MacArthur?

In Hitler’s Germany, they were just following orders. In Russia’s Gulag, they were just following orders.

Obama’s National Civilian Security Force

That’s right! We haven’t forgotten the talk before the 2008 election. You know, the one calling for a civilian force that will be ‘just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded’ as the military.

With economic calamity approaching, this could be a very useful group, eh? Imagine a scenario where preppers, anti-tax folks, and the like, are actually deemed anti-government. We already see evidence of this happening in numerous memos. Would those who rely on government assistance to feed their families end up joining such a force? Would they hesitate to shoot on you?

In keeping with the lame government acronyms, we will call them the Special Homeland Internal Troops.

Current day

We see the government becoming more and more hostile towards it’s citizens and veterans. Through orders, bills, and propaganda; we even see some members of government labeling strict Constitutionalists as ‘terrorists.’ Does that mean the government is anti-constitutional? Well anyway, it’s interesting considering the openness for interpretation of things like the NDAA. Who or what constitutes the ‘terrorist’ of tomorrow is anybody’s guess. Are these the warning signs that the Jews failed to see before the Nuremburg laws….the Russian peasants before Dekulakization?

Is the Veterans March on Washington (2013) just a benign event where the government overstaffed? Was it’s lack of coverage in mainstream news, a news story itself? Was the government hoping for just one protester to overreact to the police presence?


In the face of the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy, it is a Happy Sad Veterans Day to all who have served.

Though we have allowed our government to attack/fire upon/kill you, we believe to make up for it with a worded “Thanks!”

Though we didn’t appreciate your sacrifice in Vietnam, we will sport a flag lapel pin in your memory.

Though we allow your veterans programs to be underfunded, we will still raise a flag in your honor.

Though we ignore your dozens who commit suicide DAILY with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you can feel good knowing that we will wear a camo ribbon for you this week.

Instead of Happy Veterans Day, maybe it should be Sorry Veteran’s Day. So for at least one day, this website will take the time to say sorry to the veterans. I only hope that this post will raise some awareness, because it definitely won’t serve enough justice.

ACTION during Veteran’s Day Hypocrisy

While all the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy is going on this year, you can apologize to the vets by considering a donation in their support. Below are a few groups of which I have no connection. You can research additional organizations if you are so compelled.

If you know of anyone who may suffer from PTSD, clicking HERE may be a good start.

Thunder Road Film – An epic war drama for a defining generation that Hollywood is too afraid to make.

Helios Warriors – Provides therapies to ALL veterans. specializing in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or military sexual trauma.

Pets For Vets – Pairs dogs with America’s veterans who could benefit from a companion animal. (especially those with PTSD)

Honor Flight –  Helps every single veteran in America, willing and able of getting on a plane or a bus, to visit THEIR memorial.

Defending the Blue Line – Actively works to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.

Forgive us for the Veteran’s Day hypocrisy. Oh look! There is a sale over there!

Sorry veterans.

With God’s Will.


Finding Balance | Ignorance vs Worry | Thursday Thought

Finding balance is the key in many aspects of life. One of the most crucial areas, if not THE most crucial, is finding balance between avoiding ignorance and worry. It’s literally a matter of life and death.

The idea behind this post is directed towards my mother. Over the last several months she has been stressing out and worrying over her future and financial sustainability. She has been dwelling on past mistakes and really struggling to move on.

“Why did I do this?” “How could I waste that?” “What was I thinking?”… Do these questions sound familiar?

While it’s important to learn from the past, it’s equally important to leave the past. Finding balance between avoiding ignorance and also avoiding worry will be paramount. This writing is not just for my mom though, it can be applied to your mother as well….and even to your siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and YOU. Everybody has their problems and some are more dysfunctional than others….so what?! Get over it!

Whether we are looking at Pride vs Humiliation….Cocky vs Timid….Hyper vs Depressed….or in this case, Ignorance vs Worry. Finding balance IS the key.

Finding balance to avoid Ignorance

forward in ignorance is bliss | Finding Balance | Ignorance vs Worry | Thursday Thought

Ignorance is bliss…

I’m sure we all have heard the saying, “Ignorance is bliss.” Well, that statement is true, ignorance IS bliss. However, that’s not the end of the phrase. The rest of it concludes “until it shreds you like a rip saw.” OK, so maybe I took a little liberty with the phrase, but the point remains.

You absolutely need to be aware of history and the lessons learned from it. The failure in finding balance and succumbing to ignorance can be death.

  • The Jews caught of guard by the Nuremburg laws and subsequent imprisonment, or worse.
  • The  in Russia who lost their land, then exiled or worse.
  • The American oblivious to the foundation of their nation’s currency.

Yeah, that last one is a bit forward thinking, but in all of these cases, the writing was on the wall. Either the people were too consumed to take the time to read it, or they just didn’t think it would get THAT bad. Ignorance got the best of them. Ignorance can KILL you.

Finding Balance to avoid Worry

worry | Finding Balance | Ignorance vs Worry | Thursday ThoughtWhile reading Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, there was the story of one who was falsely imprisoned for a time. They were eventually released, but during the abbreviated imprisonment, their mother had died of worry. Do not take that lightly.

Worry can not only outright kill you, but it can age you, add lines to your face, tax your heart, make you sick, eat at your mind, and on and on. If you happen to be healthy right now, and you are prone to worry, you are pretty much begging to give up what health you have.

And For What Reason? What are you hoping to accomplish with all of this worrying? Will worry in of itself actually change an outcome?

Worry will only prevent you from taking the proper action to address the situation. You may end up suffering from a case of ‘analysis paralysis.’ You’ll just sit there and ‘worry’ about possible outcomes instead of focusing on the necessary critical thinking of risk vs reward. Or, you’ll be frazzled and make poor decisions in a hasty effort to end your unfounded worry.

Frame of Mind

First, a few questions for you (my mom) to help put things in perspective.

  • Do you have your health?
  • Do you have your family?
  • Do you have a roof over your head at night?
  • Do you generally have food available to eat?

Though the answer to these questions may be a “Yes, BUT..” Stop right there! This isn’t scientific, but just saying “yes” puts you in a better situation than most of the world’s population. Worry will only help you to change your answer to a “no.”. Fact is, even if you DID have to answer “no” to one of these questions, you would just be joining everybody else who is already finding a way to make it in the face of struggle.

Be grateful and cherish everything you have while you have it. Whether it’s in your control or not, any one of these things can be lost in a second. A car wreck, fire, job loss, flood, sudden death, currency collapse, war, etc. These are not things to worry about, they are merely facts of life.

If it happens, you pick up the pieces, take any lessons to be learned, and move on. That simple….sometimes hard, but simple. Humans are very resilient if you realize our capacity.

War of Questions

There are questions we run through our minds that can actually frame/form our solutions/answers? Can we frame questions in a more beneficial way? Can we even manipulate them from a ‘victim’ question into a ‘grateful’ statement.

“How could I waste all of that money?!” can be “What lesson can I learn from that experience?”
“What was my son thinking?” realizing other’s plight “Thank God I have a son.”
“What am I gonna do when…” can be “How can I best prepare for…”

Accentuate the Positive

Going even further in finding balance…. When things don’t work out, people may ask “What did I do wrong?” Fair question, right? Well another question should be “What did I do correctly?”

By identifying that which does work, you will have the opportunity to build upon it and perfect it. Maybe in your failing business, you did a remarkable job of detailing your losses. Well, the failing business could launch a carreer in accounting. Or maybe you tried 5 different strategies for trading the stock market, and lost money 80% of the time. Which strategy did you use to profit 20% of the time? Can you focus on that one and master the strategy?

A few quotes to think about while finding balance in this battlefield of your mind. “Where the mind goes, the energy flows.” and “Garbage In, Garbage Out.” The best way to guarantee a poor outcome, is to focus and obsess on a poor outcome. The best way to find a positive outcome, is to focus and obsess on a positive outcome. This isn’t some new age, fluffy jargon…. it’s true.

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. -Phillippians 4:6

Final Message in Finding Balance

There you go mom (and moms across the world). Finding balance between avoiding ignorance and worry is a life and death matter. Certainly be aware of the threats around you and your family, but don’t be consumed by the mere threat. Even check out these alternative news sources to help you better prepare. Crunch your numbers, take your action, seek knowledge, etc. But DO NOT worry about things of the future. Worry WILL kill you if you let it. The best you can do is the best you can do. So do your best, and give God the rest.